I welcomed two kittens into my home (more on that later!) and adjusting with them has meant a little more time away from my studio, where there are many oil sticks to eat, soft pastels for kitty paws to crumble and gold leaf to stick to whiskers. (Yes, kitten-proofing the studio is at the top of my to-do list!)
So, I have been working digitally for the past few weeks, and some of my new favorite art to make is embellishing old photos from various library and public domain archives. These performers are from the New York Public Library digital collection.
All updated images embellished by Stephanie Khattak using iPad Pro and Procreate.
I’m interested in bringing my art to life in a way that has a different look from what is traditionally thought of as “animation.” I don’t have a formal background in animation, or even art for that matter, but I do have a technology and multimedia career and that has helped me test and figure out how to make interactive elements look and behave the way I want them to.
I’m also reading/editing a friend’s script for a cartoon about animals. I don’t come close to having the abilities to do visuals for her, but I’d love to be able to help storyboard, sketch and prototype to get her idea packaged. Plus, it’s an excuse to play and learn.
Here is a very rudimentary first look at animating my sketches, using Photoshop. Once I have my skills up to standard, I will post a tutorial.
Instant Art print downloads are available now in my shop. Here are a few of the designs that are available:
Offering more affordable, print-on-demand options frees up time to work on high-quality originals and embellished prints, while continuing to provide a wide selection of illustrations that customers are interested in. Each purchase includes three different sizes: 8X10, 11X14 and 16×20. Many designs feature a canvas-look background and hand-painted brushstroke look and feel. You can print as many times as you want for personal use only. Click here to purchase: Stephanie Khattak Art on Etsy.